A difficult group to evaluate, with big plays allowed but also two interceptions and two forced fumbles, one recovered.
Charles Tillman picked up exactly where the defense left off in 2012, intercepting Andy Dalton on the second Bengals play of the game. He was thoroughly victimized by A.J. Green twice, however, on Cincinnati’s first TD drive. Tillman added a crucial second INT in the second quarter to get some waning momentum back, putting offense inside Cincinnati’s end.
“Peanut is a pro,” said cornerback Tim Jennings. “He knew he had a task coming into this game. A.J. Green is a great player, an explosive player, and any time when we know that Peanut is going to match up against a great player, we feel like (Peanut) is going to make some plays.”
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Jennings let Green get behind him for a 45-yard TD pass on which safety help was not there. Jennings (eight) and Tillman (seven) led the Bears in tackles.
Overall, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 26 of 33 passes for 282 yards and the two TD passes. But with the game on the line, the secondary made plays, and safety Major Wright contributed seven tackles.